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Jason Lee

Jason Lee

A puppy-eyed professional skateboarder turned actor, Jason Lee has proven himself as versatile and engaging onscreen as he once did as a skater who turned 360-degree flips on the half-pipe. Discovered by director Kevin Smith, who gave him his first break with a lead role in Mallrats (1995), Lee went on to win over critics and audiences with his portrayals of men who often harbored some degree of endearing immaturity and/or sweet-natured dorkiness. In the process, he created a reputation for himself as one of the more talented and underrated actors to emerge from the 1990s indie scene, eventually beginning to earn mainstream acceptance with his casting in such successes as Smith's Dogma (1999) and Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous (2000). A native of Orange, CA, Lee began skateboarding when he was 13. Five years later he had gone professional, traveling the world, appearing in a number of popular skateboarding videos, and, along with a friend, founding the company Stereo Skateboards and Stereo Sounds Clothing. Deciding to retire from skateboarding before he became too old for the sport and went to seed, Lee made his first foray into acting in 1993 with a walk-on role in Allison Anders' Mi Vida Loca. Two years later he auditioned for and won the lead role of Brodie, a wise-ass slacker, in Kevin Smith's Mallrats (1995). Although the film received a critical thrashing, Lee did earn positive notices for his work in it, and was further rewarded with a lead part in Smith's Chasing Amy (1997). Cast as comic-book artist Banky, best friend and partner of Ben Affleck's Holden, the actor earned an Independent Spirit Award for his smart-assed yet deeply felt portrayal, and subsequently crossed over into more mainstream work with a bit part in the Will Smith suspense thriller Enemy of the State (1998) and a lead in the flop romantic comedy Kissing a Fool (1998), in which he starred with David Schwimmer and Mili Avital. Lee again collaborated with Smith for the writer/director's Dogma (1999), playing the satanic Azrael alongside a cast that included Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Linda Fiorentino, Chris Rock, and Alan Rickman. His work in the high-profile film was complemented that same year by his well-received portrayal of a sweet-natured computer mogul in Lawrence Kasdan's ensemble comedy Mumford. The following year Lee appeared in one of his biggest films to date, Cameron Crowe's much lauded Almost Famous, portraying the lead singer of the '70s rock band Stillwater. Crowe and Lee would also re-team for Vanilla Sky in 2001. Edging ever closer to the elusive leading man status, Lee would subseqently appear in the ill fated Big Trouble before taking the lead opposite Tom Green in Stealing Harvard. Though Big Trouble and Stealing Harvard both performed abysmally at the box-office, the likable Lee could still hold out for romantic comedy success with the release of A Guy Thing in early 2003. A third strike in terms of hitting box-office gold, the undaunted former skateboard pro soldiered on into the cold wilderness for the horrors of Dreamcatcher before re-teaming with faithful cohort Smith for the one-two punch of Jersey Girl and Flectch Won in late 2003. ~ Rebecca Flint Marx, All Movie Guide


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Jason Lee Trivia

When was Jason Lee born?
Jason Lee was born on April 25, 1970

What role did Jason Lee play in My Name Is Earl: Season 03?
Jason Lee played Earl in My Name Is Earl: Season 03

Who did Jason Lee play in Alvin and the Chipmunks?
Jason Lee was David Seville in Alvin and the Chipmunks

Who did Jason Lee portray in My Name Is Earl: Season 02?
Jason Lee was Earl in My Name Is Earl: Season 02

Who did Jason Lee play in My Name Is Earl: Season 01?
Jason Lee was Earl in My Name Is Earl: Season 01

Who did Jason Lee portray in A Guy Thing?
Jason Lee was Paul Coleman in A Guy Thing

Who did Jason Lee play in Drop Dead Sexy?
Jason Lee was Frank in Drop Dead Sexy

Who did Jason Lee play in Kissing a Fool?
Jason Lee was Jay Murphy in Kissing a Fool

Who did Jason Lee portray in Dreamcatcher?
Jason Lee was Beaver in Dreamcatcher

What role did Jason Lee portray in Mumford?
Jason Lee played Skip Skipperton in Mumford

Who did Jason Lee portray in Chasing Amy?
Jason Lee was Banky Edwards in Chasing Amy

Who did Jason Lee play in Mallrats?
Jason Lee was Brodie in Mallrats

Who did Jason Lee play in The Incredibles?
Jason Lee was Syndrome in The Incredibles

Who did Jason Lee play in Vanilla Sky?
Jason Lee was Brian Shelby in Vanilla Sky

What role did Jason Lee play in Heartbreakers?
Jason Lee played Jack Withrowe in Heartbreakers

Who did Jason Lee play in The Ballad of Jack & Rose?
Jason Lee was Gray in The Ballad of Jack & Rose

Who did Jason Lee play in Almost Famous?
Jason Lee was Jeff Bebe in Almost Famous

Who did Jason Lee play in Monster House?
Jason Lee was Bones in Monster House

Who did Jason Lee play in Dogma?
Jason Lee was Azrael in Dogma

Who did Jason Lee play in Underdog?
Jason Lee was Underdog in Underdog

What role did Jason Lee portray in Enemy of the State?
Jason Lee played Zavitz in Enemy of the State

What role did Jason Lee portray in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back?
Jason Lee played Banky Edwards/Brodie Bruce in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

What role did Jason Lee portray in Clerks II?
Jason Lee played Lance Dowds in Clerks II

Who did Jason Lee play in I Love Your Work?
Jason Lee was Stalker in I Love Your Work

Who did Jason Lee portray in Stealing Harvard?
Jason Lee was John in Stealing Harvard

Who did Jason Lee portray in Big Trouble?
Jason Lee was Puggy in Big Trouble

What role did Jason Lee play in My Crazy Life?
Jason Lee played Teenage Drug Customer in My Crazy Life


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